MRBC Resurrection Sunday Service 4th April 2020

Our service will premiere here at 10-30am on Sunday Morning and will be available on demand for about a month. There is no Service Transcript available for this service.

If you accepted Jesus for yourself as a result of listening to John’s sermon this morning or would like to know more about becoming a Christian or about the Christian faith, we’d be happy for you to get in touch with us by email at pastor@mrbcfelixstowe.org.uk or via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/mrbcfelixstowe. Our phone contact details are on our website’s contact page.

J John appears courtesy of the Philo Trust and we are grateful for his resources which have been used in our Easter services this year. Dai Woolridge appears courtesy of Bible Society. Do have a look at their website and prayerfully consider contributing to their Easter appeal.

The Worship Group video is also available HERE as a standalone video.

Our C-Kers Easter Edition will be out on Sunday Morning 4th April. Please let children and families know it’s available. It has the Resurrection story, an item by Jan and Scruffy as well as some craft ideas based around the resurrection. Do take a look for yourself. You can also get to it by clicking on the link to your right which will appear when it becomes available.

C-kers Online Easter Edition

Hi everyone and welcome to our Easter edition of C-Kers Online. This comes out on Sunday 4th April; Easter Sunday, or as we prefer to call it, Resurrection Day. It is the Sunday that Jesus rose again from the dead, after being crucified, died and buried on the Friday. In our first video, Scruffy and Jan explore the meaning of Easter through his misadventures.

So what is Easter really about? Here’s a video written by J John that re-tells the story of Jesus life, death and resurrection and what it should mean to us. Enjoy.

After all the time spent home under Lockdown, you may be looking around for things to do if the weather’s a bit dodgy for the rest of the school holidays. Here’s a few activities we’ve got for you to try. As usual, you’ll need to be able to print the stuff out.

The first item is a craft project to create the scene of Mary Magdalene at the tomb of Jesus out of two plastic cups – great for the imagination this one! The first pdf file has a list of the items you will need.

We have puzzle and colour-in activities too if craft isn’t your thing.

That’s all for this edition. Let’s finish with some music. Our Worship Group did a song for Resurrection Sunday. Quite a few of them are Leaders in Wednesday and Sunday C-Kers. How many of them can you spot?

MRBC Prayer Meeting 3rd April 9-30am

Our regular Prayer Meeting will be online on Zoom and details have already been circulated.

Holy One of God,
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who ransoms the souls of the faithful,
sets the captives free,
brings sight to the blind and
gives life to those who are perishing:
Death has no victory over you
or your kingdom.
Evil slinks away from your presence.

Rejoice all you nations!
Celebrate all you peoples!
Christ is Lord forever—
His reign is unending!  Amen.

~ written by Thomas, and posted on Everyday Liturgy. http://everydayliturgy.com/

Isaiah 53 – “The Suffering Servant”

Pray about Injustice

  • The persecuted church
  • Modern slavery
  • The unequal world – coronavirus vaccine distribution, the effects of climate change, continued suffering in Syria and migrations from it
  • Give thanks and pray for Christians who are bringing and being good news in such situations – Open Doors, IJM, Tearfund, BMS World Mission, Leprosy Mission, Bible Society.

Pray for our locality

Give thanks for those organisations trying to be good news in our town

  • Boost
  • CAP
  • Hope Trust
  • Parish Nursing
  • Seafarers Centre
  • Compass
  • County ministries – A Rocha, Farm on the water, Suffolk in Prayer
  • Churches Together in Felixstowe – Lent Course, Easter Services, Community Prayers

Prayer for MRBC

  • For Easter Services – Sunday, C-Kers Online Easter
  • For the upcoming season of prayer – Unanswered Prayer course, Thy Kingdom Come
  • For life after lockdown – return of services, review of activities
  • Smooth transition to CIO
  • For our Leaders
  • For those who are sick bereaved, isolated etc.

MRBC Palm Sunday Service 2021

The service will premiere on YouTube at 10-30am and be available for approximately 28 days on demand. The Weekly Sheet will be posted here when it becomes available

For Discussion & Reflection

Read Mark 11:12-27 Isaiah 56:6-7 and Jeremiah 4:1-11

1. To what extend did Herod’s Temple fulfil the principles of Isaiah 56:6-7? In what ways do you think the practices of marketplace traders in the Court of the Gentiles may be reflected in the modern day church? In what other ways may how we use our church’s resources and buildings discourage those that seek God?

2. Why do you think Jesus used the extreme examples of actually killing a fig tree and talking about moving mountains into the sea when talking about prayers of faith? How do we know when it’s reasonable to pray for seemingly impossible things, or for that matter, praying through situations that are unclear?

3. Why is it so important that we forgive people we hold anything against. How do we find it in our heart to forgive when we have been grievously wronged? What about feelings we have about people who have died?

4. Jesus reacted angrily and physically in removing the traders and moneychangers from the Temple. In what circumstances do you think that it is OK to feel angry and act dramatically because of it?

MRBC Sunday Service 21st March 2021

Our service premieres at 10-30am and can be viewed on demand for 28 days.

For Reflection and Discussion

Read John 11:1-48

1. What may we learn about how God works in relation to our prayers from verses 1-16?

2. In verses 17-27 we read of Martha’s exchange with Jesus as He arrived in Bethany. What do you think she was expecting Jesus to do at that point (verse 22)?

3. Jesus speaks the well-known words in verses 25-26 followed by “Do you believe this?” The answer seems to suggest that she didn’t really understand the importance of what Jesus said. What do you think she may have understood in what she replied to Jesus?

4. The discussions with Martha Mary and others at the tomb indicated that their expectancy of what God can do fell far short of what God was purposing here. How can we avoid falling into the trap of low expectancy in prayer?

5. The religious people tried to kill Jesus even more after He raised Lazarus from death. Try to think of examples in our experience and generation where Christians have acted in clear opposition to the word of God and the gospel. Think too of how our behaviour and prayer lives may be shaped by prejudices and misconceptions. How can we identify them and repent of them?

MRBC Communion Service 7th March 2021

Today we have a Communion Service which premieres at 10-30am and will be available to view on demand until the end of March. Please provide your own bread and wine for communion.

WE MISSED A NOTICE OUT ON THE VIDEO

Next Sunday is our annual Mothering Sunday Service, online at 10-30am.

For Reflection and Discussion

It is suggested that you read through the sermon transcript again before answering these questions.

1. God’s name is holy? What does that mean to you? Andrew took us through some of the names of God in the Bible and also talked about the words used to described God in different civilizations. Why is it that as Christians we address God using different names for Him? Wh should we never take the name of God lightly?

2. Why is it important that we pray in the name of Jesus?

3. We have a God who calls us by name. What does that tell us about the nature of our relationship with Him? How may that help us in our prayer lives, particularly when we go through difficulties in life?